By Robert Schloemer, NASCAR Fan Contributer – Follow on Twitter @SchloemerZ

*Editor’s note: The Schloemer Zone is a place for NASCAR fans to hear the ranting and raving of a true NASCAR fan — Robert Schloemer. Schloemer is not a trained journalist, and has no skin in the game financially, he is just a huge NASCAR fan and has agreed to bring his thoughts and opinions in a periodic column on The Final Lap.

Kevin Harvick absolutely dominated the Texas race. There is no denying that. Harvick has been the class of the field this season winning eight races and should have probably won more (Kansas, Talladega, Dover just off the top of my head, but was cursed with pit road issues and bad luck). Winning both stages and the checkered flag, Harvick looked to be returning to his dominating ways with no pit road issues in the AAA Texas 500. Continue reading “Schloemer Zone: The Kevin Harvick Scandal From a Fan’s Perspective”

By Toby Christie, Editor — Follow on Twitter @Toby_Christie

FORT WORTH, Texas — Fireworks singed into the clear Texas sky after a hectic overtime restart at Texas Motor Speedway. Kevin Harvick became the latest championship contender that was revealed for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship race in two weeks at Homestead-Miami Speedway, as the No. 4 Ford Fusion capped off a dominating performance with a victory in the AAA Texas 500.
But while Harvick was busy tasting the spoils of victory, another driver hoping to contend for the title, Martin Truex Jr., caught his breath after a feverish effort to save his championship hopes after a trying afternoon at the 1.5-mile speedway. Continue reading “Truex Potentially Saves Championship Hopes After Rough Luck in Texas”

By Toby Christie, Editor — Follow on Twitter @Toby_Christie

FORT WORTH, Texas — Ryan Blaney was fast all day on Friday at Texas Motor Speedway, and it culminated in a pole position for the 24-year-old driver after a 200.505mph lap in qualifying for Sunday’s AAA Texas 500.

Blaney, who drives the No. 12 Ford Fusion for Team Penske, was happy to take the pole position, especially after missing his marks in the second of three rounds of qualifying. Continue reading “Blaney Tops 200 mph For Texas Pole, Bowyer to start second”

By: Toby Christie, Editor — Follow on Twitter @Toby_Christie

FORT WORTH, Texas — Ryan Blaney, has always had a penchant for speed at Texas Motor Speedway in his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career, and that trend continued Friday afternoon in the First Cup Series practice session of the week for Sunday’s AAA Texas 500.

Blaney turned a blazing 198.976 mph lap, which was enough to edge out Championship contenders Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch. Continue reading “Blaney Paces Opening Texas Practice; Harvick, Kurt Busch Lead Playoff Drivers”

Congratulations to our own Toby Christie for winning the ‘Race Coverage Writing’ category, 5th place NMPA Award for this article

Jimmie Johnson “Licking Wounds” After Rough Day at Texas

By: Toby Christie, Editor – Follow on twitter @Toby_Christie

FORT WORTH, Texas — Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway proved once and for all that Jimmie Johnson is actually human, and it very well could go in the books as the worst race of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career.

Despite winning seven races in the past at the 1.5-mile speedway in Texas, the 42-year-0ld looked out of sorts all day long this time around.
Continue reading “Congratulations to Toby Christie: 5th Place NMPA Award for this article”

By: Toby Christie, Editor – Follow on twitter @Toby_Christie

FORT WORTH, Texas — Brad Keselowski came into Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway with the 10th-place starting position, and hopes were high for another good finish to keep him in contention for a berth for the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in a couple of weeks.

However, when the green flag was shown, about 10 seconds into the race it became obvious that this wouldn’t be a normal stress-free day for Keselowski and his No. 2 team. In the middle of turns 1 and 2 on the opening lap, Keselowski made contact with Kyle Busch, which nicked the valve stem out of Keselowski’s tire. Keselowski took his deflated tire to pit road, but luckily he didn’t let his spirits bottom out as well.
Continue reading “Brad Keselowski Rebounds For Fifth Place in Texas”

By: Toby Christie, Editor – Follow on twitter @Toby_Christie

FORT WORTH, Texas — Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway proved once and for all that Jimmie Johnson is actually human, and it very well could go in the books as the worst race of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career.

Despite winning seven races in the past at the 1.5-mile speedway in Texas, the 42-year-0ld looked out of sorts all day long this time around.
Continue reading “Jimmie Johnson “Licking Wounds” After Rough Day at Texas”

By: Toby Christie, Editor – Follow on twitter @Toby_Christie

FORT WORTH, Texas — NASCAR has reduced downforce on the race cars in recent years, and Texas Motor Speedway knocked the banking down on one set of the turns at their 1.5-mile speedway, so you would expect naturally that cars would be pacing around at a slower clip. However, in Friday’s qualifying session for Sunday’s AAA Texas 500, five drivers eclipsed the 200-mile-per-hour barrier and shattering the old track qualifying record.

While the speed chart is exciting for fans, some drivers left the session a little shook by the incredible speeds that they were running in the session.
Continue reading “Hamlin, Other Drivers Uncomfortable With High Texas Qualifying Speeds”

By: Toby Christie, Editor – Follow on twitter @Toby_Christie

FORT WORTH, Texas — Kurt Busch rocketed to the pole for Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway with a lap that broke a track record and was just shy of a 201 mile-per-hour average.

Busch, 39, was excited to come out on top on an exhilarating day where top speeds were enough to make mortals tinkle in their pants, but interestingly in his post-qualifying press conference, Busch seemed to have one thing on his mind — his pending contract negotiation with his current team Stewart-Haas Racing.
Continue reading “Kurt Busch Wins Texas Pole, But Contract Negotiations on His Mind”